This series isn't as strong out of the gate as some Whedon shows have been. The second episode felt more like a pilot than the first episode, but nevertheless I was hooked by the concept right away, and by Echo and her handler Boyd from at least ep 2. (They're conditioned, bonded in trust to each other--I never expected those buttons, hit so nicely by Sentinel fanfic, to be punched on a Whedon show!)
4 episodes in, and we're finally really getting a sense of the ways in which the concept can be used to explore human emotion and moral dilemmas, and I am really interested in see where they take the idea that Echo may be "accreting" a personality, just as the mysterious Alpha did.
(Also? Reed Diamond is head of Dollhouse security. Heh. I like him.)
Overall, I really hope the show lasts long enough for fans to get a taste of its good side, so we don't end up with another Firefly fiasco. I do think Dollhouse is good enough already and has enough potential to merit such a chance.
"The Social Contract"
It's episodes like this one that got me interested in House in the first place. Through the case of a man who has damage to his frontal lobe, and thus no control over what he says (resulting in everything he thinks being vocalized, no matter how embarrassing or hurtful), we explore the ramifications of the social contract--how we human beings agree to interact, so we don't end up killing each other.
It's always cool to watch House played off against someone who is like him in some way, but because they can't choose differently, because they're physically damaged instead of a jerk either because of emotional damage or a jerk by choice (jury's still out on which it is with House himself).
A deeply disturbing thing to contemplate, that sort of loss of control. But done in a thoughtful, provoking way. (To make it even better, it would have been fun if someone had launched a discussion of what virtue really is, and whether it has to come from inside or whether outward actions can change the heart. No such luck, but I at least can provide my own commentary. *g* )
I loved the double-triple agent thing with Taub, as House vainly tries to discover what's up with Wilson.
But more than that? I adored the scene at the end, where Wilson finally tells House what's going on, and admits that he didn't want to tell House because House wouldn't reassure him, he'd tell him how bad the odds were of this meeting with his brother going well. But he does tell him, and they joke about the social contract, and for once we get to see part of why Wilson is still House's friend: Wilson goes out of his way to make the social contract work--he takes on everybody's responsibility in that game. But with House? He doesn't have to. He's released from that. I've never really bought the idea that Wilson is House's friend because House needs him; I like this new idea much better: Wilson is House's friend because most of the time House doesn't need him, or because what House needs is different from what everyone else needs.
Also, Wilson has grown up this year. *hugs him*
*hugs* Keep going. Trust the angels unless you have a really solid reason not to.
OMG you ginormous lying idiot. I love you, you know that, but you need to take a long hard look at what your actions and words are doing to your brother.
Step back from the edge. Please, Sam.
You had better not be heading towards a storyline where the angels (and by extension God) really are dicks, with plans only use up the boys and throw them away.
That would make me stop watching. And then I would be sad.
So, you know, don't do that.
p.s. Castiel is awesome, you make sure he stays awesome!
p.p.s. NO KILLING BOBBY. JUST DON'T DO IT.